School of Chemical Engineering final year Co-op scholars reflect on what they’ve learnt during the course of their scholarship and impart some words of wisdom to the new scholars prior to their first industrial training.
Last Thursday night, 4 May 2017, the School of Chemical Engineering hosted its annual Co-op presentation evening, during which our final-year Co-op Scholars were invited to reflect on their last 5 years spent between the university benches and the four industrial training placements. The night gives the students the opportunity to give a frank and honest overview on their student experience, feedback to sponsors and advice to the younger Co-op students.
it has been a real privilege for me to witness how those high-achieving high-school students developed into young professionals within those last 5 years.
Co-Op Coordinator, Associate Professor Pierre Le Clech
A large number of industrial sponsors participated to the event, including Evoqua, Tooheys, ERA polymers, Safework NSW, Mars Food. A special thanks to Tooheys who provided the beverages for the night.
This year, our three Industrial Chemistry Scholars (Benzhamin Khabib, Stephanie Lewis and Noah Minor) and our two Chemical Engineering Scholars (James Scott and Timothy MacMillan – with Hugh Allison absent for the night) absolutely hit the mark by sharing personal insights and constructive observations.In particular, Stephanie described how she developed her resilience by “developing confidence of not knowing things but was still able to come up with solutions through interactions and help from co-workers”.
They also all reflected on the importance of being curious, interacting with the maximum of colleagues, getting out of their comfort zone and making the most of opportunities (at work and outside).
Co-Op Coordinator, Associate Professor Pierre Le Clech says, ‘As a Coop coordinator for the School of Chemical Engineering, it has been a real privilege for me to witness how those high-achieving high-school students developed into young professionals within those last 5 years.’
For more information on the Co-op Program, including how to apply please visit the UNSW Co-op Program website.